Monday, 25 January 2016

Paintbox Blanket

Some lovely friends we met on St Helena are going to have a baby in March. I wanted to make them something special for Bub that would remind them of our crazy rock once they return to Blighty. I was casting around for a boy type colour pallet that avoided the usual and remembered this place...

This valley is called paintbox because the eroded soil and rock has so many colours in it. It is very hard to photograph and we didn't have any pics that really did it justice so I have borrowed these from another St H friend. Thanks very much Ceri.

Inspired by these colours and the folded landscape I made a baby blanket. I used the most excellent ripple stitch pattern written by Lucy of Attic 24.

I used a starting chain of 143 stitches, a 6mm hook and  two 50g balls of seven shades of Drops Paris cotton for the ripples: Dark grey, rusty red, strong yellow, light ice blue, dark old pink, orange and petrol. The edging came from a further ball each of dark grey and rusty red. The finished blanket measures approximately 65cm x 85cm.

I have named it the Paintbox Blanket.



  1. Well done, Darling. It's beautiful! xxx

  2. I love the colour mix.Lucy's patterns are great.

  3. Oooh, gorgeous!!!!

  4. What a lovely friend you are, it's a fab blanket x

  5. What a beautiful place and what a beautiful blanket!!! I am sure that it will be much loved. xx